Thanksgiving has come and gone. So hard to believe it is almost the end of another year. Where did 2011 go?
We spent the holiday at my aunt's, as usual. I made a tried-&-true recipe, as well as a new one. Eating Well's Cranberry Cherry Walnut Marmalade, which I made two years ago, is a crowd pleaser! I love having the leftovers for home, too!! I tried my hand at some pumpkin crescent rolls. Rather delish!!! These remind me of a family recipe (my Aunt Joan's rolls), but with a little twist. I believe they will become MY famous rolls!
Friday, Chris & I celebrated 19 years of wedded bliss! Well, not always bliss, of course ... but our personal version of married happily ever after!
We were blessed with the most mild of weather: sunny, mid 50's to low 60's. Perfect for our planned trip to Chicago. We took the train from East Chicago. First stop, Shedd Aquarium (we are members) ~~ which was packed! The nice thing about being members ... we don't have to wait in any long lines to get in! And the line was way down the steps outside the front of the building! CRAZY!!
We walked over to the theatre district to grab a bite to eat at Corner Bakery (our usual dining spot when in The City). From there, we strolled the Kristkindl market at Daley Plaza (it is a German-style open-air market). It was teeming with people, making it rather difficult to get close to any of the booths to ogle the crafts. We also checked out the windows at Macy's (not that impressed with this year's theme).
Before heading north to Lincoln Park Zoo, we waited in line at Garrett Popcorn to get our Chicago Mix! A large cheese & caramel popcorn mix for each of us! Yep ~~ we each had our very own bag!
We grabbed a cab to get us to the zoo (it is many, many blocks north of Randolph/Michigan Avenue/Lake Shore Drive). Yet another crazy, busy scene! Opening nite for the zoo's ZooLights, plus the gorgeous day, brought everyone out! The traffic was crazy, but our cab driver a bit crazier!!! He got us there in almost record time!
We enjoyed our time at the zoo while munching on our Garrett popcorn! Had lots of people making comments, even asking us where we got it! Awesome snack for any outing!!!
We decided to walk all the way back to the train station. Not much to look at during most of the walk, but we did hit part of Old Town.
We still had about an hour to kill before the next train back to Indiana. We were both rather drained at this point and decided it would be best to head into the underground terminal, grab a pop to share and just rest our weary selves.
Chris hung garland and lights on our front porch railings and awning on Wednesday, but we still needed to fill our flower boxes with Christmas-y decor. Early Saturday, we got outside to complete our holiday transformation. (I need to snap a photo!!)
The rest of Saturday entailed a quick run to Target, an hour at Panera to get online and then home to watch a movie ("Limitless").
Sunday found us cleaning the house, finishing laundry and putting up (almost) all of the window plastic. I also addressed some Christmas cards, while Chris worked on a book project.
Looking forward to our first annual Wet Potatoes Gang Ugly Christmas Sweater Party this Friday. It's gonna be a hoot!